According to a Breitbart report, the United States announced on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq from the current 5,200 to 3,000.
Gen. Kenneth Franklin “Frank” McKenzie Jr., the top commander at Central Command, said, “In recognition of the great progress the Iraqi forces have made and in consultation and coordination with the government of Iraq and our coalition partners, the United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September.”
The commander said he believes Iraqis are grateful to the United States and coalition troops for preventing ISIS from taking over the country again.
“This decision is due to our confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces’ increased ability to operate independently,” McKenzie said. “The U.S. decision is a clear demonstration of our continued commitment to the ultimate goal, which is an Iraqi Security Force that is capable of preventing an ISIS resurgence and of securing Iraq’s sovereignty without external assistance.”
The president anticipated the move two weeks ago at the White House, “At some point, we’ll be gone, brought down to low level,” he said on Aug. 20. “We’re taking troops out fairly rapidly and we look forward to the day we don’t have to be there, waiting for the day Iraq can defend themselves.”
One of the president’s campaign promises was to end the eternal wars, and this decision is a response to that promise.
The U.S. Army will continue to fight the Islamic terror group in the Middle East and focus on training Syrian and Iraqi partners and eventually bringing U.S. troops home.
Similarly, the president plans to reduce the Army’s presence in Afghanistan to about 5,000 soldiers from current levels, and this measure will also be announced in the coming days.